Lopez Likes the Change

The Orange (Calif.) Lutheran offensive lineman, John Lopez, talks about the Junior Day at the first school to offer him...

Orange (Calif.) Lutheran offensive lineman John Lopez got his first offer, from UCLA, before he'd ever taken a varsity snap.

That was two years and one coaching staff ago.

Since then, Lopez has added three more offers, and UCLA has hired Jim Mora to replace Rick Neuheisel, who'd offered him in the summer of 2010.

On Sunday, Lopez was back in Westwood for the Bruins' Junior Day, where he met the new coaching staff.

"Junior Day was good and it seems like Coach Mora is really turning things around at UCLA," said Lopez.

When Lopez received his offer from UCLA, Bob Palcic was the offensive line coach, but now Adrian Klemm is coaching the Bruins' offensive line and Lopez talked with him at length.

"I talked with him and I really like him. He is a real laid-back guy and I got to spend some good time with him," said Lopez.

Loepz had been to UCLA several times before but said things were certainly different this time through Westwood.

"What stood out was really just the change in atmosphere," said Lopez. "I could tell that Coach Mora is really jump starting things around there."

Lopez was offered by Washington on Friday, and the Huskies joined UCLA, Florida State and Colorado in offering him.

His Orange Lutheran teammate Christo Kourtzidis signed with Florida State earlier this month and another teammate, Darien Washington, signed with Washington.

Lopez said he's in no rush to decide and plans to take in a few camps and combines this spring and summer.

Brandon is in his eighth year with Scout.com and FOXSportsNext, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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